Jewish Film Fest
Ajijic’s 11th annual Jewish Film Fest continues at Cinemagic in Plaza Bugambilias Sunday, February 9, 1:30 p.m. with a screening of “The Farewell Party” (2014, Israel).
Residents of a retirement home build a machine for self-euthanasia in order to help their terminally ill friend, though they are faced with a series of dilemmas when rumors of the machine begin to spread.
Bare Stage auditions
Bare Stage Theatre is auditioning for two men and four “youngish” women for roles in “These Shining Lives” by Melanie Mamich, directed by Phyllis Silverman. Performances are March 27 to 29.
The plot revolves around the true life circumstances of women in the 1920s, just newly accepted into the world of work but still considered expendable. It chronicles their strength and determination as well as the joys of friendship.
Festival de Febrero
Join the Manhattan Chamber Players for a true celebration of chamber music Wednesday, February 12, 4 p.m. at the Auditorio. David Fung on piano, Grace Park violin, Brendan Speltz violin, Luke Fleming viola, and Andrea Casarrubios cello, play Dvořák’s Piano Quintet in A major and Schubert’s String Quintet in C major.
The Rising Stars Concert, Sunday, February 16, 7:30 p.m. at the Haus Der Musik is a special event to raise scholarship money for students attending the Festival de Lago summer music academy. It will feature students who have been in residence at this festival.
Lake Chapala Society (LCS) members can take advantage of Film Aficionados screenings. Thursday, February 12, 2 p.m. “Knives Out” (2019, United States) will be shown.
Agatha Christie reborn! She’s living in Massachusetts, where a detective investigates the death of the patriarch of an eccentric, combative family. (125 minutes.) LCS members only.
‘Flavors of Love’
“Flavors of Love” by Denning Chambers, described as a “sweet, sassy, silly musical show,” is a benefit for the NCA Scholarship program. Two shows at the Spotlight Club, Wednesday, February 12, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets, 300 pesos, are available at Diane Pearl and the Spotlight Club.
Maria Isabel restaurant is offering a night of jazz by Black Sapphire and a three-course dinner for 175 pesos, Wednesday, February 12, 5 to 7 p.m. Reservations: 376-766-5157.
• Mike and the Suspects will get you up and dancing on Valentine’s Day, Friday, February 14, 5 p.m. Tickets are 150 pesos.
• Dwight Blake and Denita Asbury play Soul Town hits from the 1960s to the present, Tuesday, February 18, 7 p.m. Tickets are 350 pesos.
• Kim Kuzma teams up with musicians Eduardo Leon, Roberto Falcon and Luis Rascon to present “British Invasion,” with tunes by Annie Lennox, the Spice Girls, Adele and more, Wednesday and Thursday, February 19 and 20, 7 p.m. Tickets are 400 pesos.
• Debby Holiday puts on her Rockin’ Soul Show with the ten top 10 Billboard dance hits, Friday and Saturday, February 21 and 22, 7 p.m. Tickets are 300 pesos.
Acrylic painting workshop
The Centro Cultural Ajijic (CCA) presents the Ballet Folklorico Infantil Axixic, Lola la Tequilera and the Floreo de Reata Sunday, February 16, 5 to 7 p.m. Tickets, 120 pesos, include one margarita and are available at the CCA. The proceeds benefit the children’s ballet folklorico program.
Bohemian pianist, composer and showman Rafael Najar teams up with former Jalisco Philharmonic first violinist Jolanta Ewa Michalewicz Brucz, the Preciado sisters sopranos and and a ballet troupe for a musical evening at the Auditorio de la Ribera Wednesday, February 19, 6 p.m. Tickets, 250 pesos, are available at voyalteatro.com. or at 333-616-7877.
Cultural Center wants you!
Film Aficionados special
A special showing of the five-part miniseries “Chernobyl” will be shown on three consecutive Wednesdays, February 19, February 26 and March 4, 2 p.m. at the Lake Chapala Society.
This series has won numerous awards, including the Golden Globe, and has an IMDB rating of 9.5. Each episode is about 55 minutes in duration.
This is shown in conjunction with the regular Thursday showing of “A Translator,” a Cuban film about the Chernobyl child victims who were sent to Cuba for medical care after the Chernobyl disaster. That film will be shown at the LCS on Thursday, February 20.
Studio Art Walk
The 9th annual Ajijic Society of the Arts Studio Art Walk will be held Saturday and Sunday, February 22 to 23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Local artists and craftspeople will display their most recent work at more than 30 locations throughout Lakeside. Some locations will include the work of several artists. Your admission “ticket” to enter the venues is actually a booklet containing maps to each location. It also has a directory with a photo of work by each of the participating artists and their contact information.
Purchase of the booklets helps support the Lake Chapala Society Children’s Art Program. The booklets are available at Diane Pearl, Ken Gosh Gallery, SuperLake, Art Connection, the LCS ticket area and café. Information: ASAartWalk.com.
“Lips Together, Teeth Apart” is the next production of the Bare Stage Theatre, Friday to Sunday, February 21 to 23.
A beachside home on Fire Island proves a strange setting for two straight couples – sister and brother Chloe and Sam, and their spouses John and Sally – on the Fourth of July. Upon his recent death from AIDS, Sally’s brother David bequeathed her the Fire Island house, surrounded by friendly, partying gay neighbors on either side of the fence. “Lips Together, Teeth Apart,” a dark comedy by Terrence McNally, is a powerful look inside dissolving marriages, lost hopes and dreams, and the looming, capricious nature of death.
Directed by Bernadette Jone, the cast is JeanMarie Harmon, Joanne Stuart, Greg Custer and Peter James.
The Bare Stage Theatre is located on the mountain side of the Carretera Chapala-Ajijic 261 in Riberas del Pilar, across from the Catholic Church.
Los Cantantes del Lago’s fabulous biannual “Showstoppers 20” concert is coming up on February 22, 23 and 24 at 4 p.m. (Bar opens at 3 p.m.)
In this concert, members and friends of Los Cantantes perform solo, duet and small group numbers. This year, Doug Voet is the emcee and the inimitable Timothy G. Ruff Welch tickles the ivories.